By Tristan Deschenes, 98.5 The Sports Hub contributor
In their second meeting of the season, the Boston Celtics lost to the Washington Wizards by a score of 99-94, and with the Wizards never trailing the Green throughout the game.
The loss halted the Celtics’ winning streak at three, while the Wizards got their second win in a row against a quality opponent after beating the Denver Nuggets on Saturday.
It was the Celtics’ third game in four days and also their third straight game without Kemba Walker, who has been out with an illness. Without Walker the Celtics have struggled offensively, barely pulling out victories against teams well below them in the standings; Boston beat the Hawks by only three on Friday and the Bulls by seven on Saturday.
Boston’s offense struggled again without Walker, scoring only 40 first-half points, and the C’s finished the night shooting just 35 percent from the field and 21 percent from three for the game.
Despite their offensive struggles, Boston had a chance to win in the fourth quarter. After closing the Wizard lead to two to end the third quarter, the Celtics tied the game at 80 after a Jaylen Brown three with 7:59 to go in the fourth.
Wizards back-up point guard Ish Smith would respond. Smith took it to the C’s, scoring eight straight points to get the momentum back to the Wizards. Boston would get the lead down to four but it wasn’t enough.
The Celtics were led by Jaylen Brown who had 23 points and 12 rebounds. Jayson Tatum also chipped in with 17 and rookie point guard Tremont Waters scored eight key points off the bench that gave the Celtics a spark.
Washington was led by Ish Smith who dropped 27 points on the night with 14 of those points coming in the fourth quarter. Isaiah Thomas had a solid game scoring 17 points and Jordan McRae had 19 points and seven rebounds.
Up Next: The Celtics will play the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night at the TD Garden.